At Holy Rosary Church we offer a full Catechism Program for all children and youth. We recognize that the parent is the primary teacher of faith for their child. Our church program is designed to be a supporting role that supplements the ongoing faith formation of the family.
The classroom work along with the Celebration of Mass and involvement in parish life is key to the success of a child’s faith experience. Ongoing formation and growth is important for everyone, therefore, parents are encouraged to take an active role in their own formation through faith development events. A parent’s attitude and involvement will not only provide a positive role model to your child, it will speak volumes to your child about the importance faith plays in our daily lives.
The following is a description of the programs offered at Holy Rosary Church:
- Year K to 7 Faith Formation – September to May (start and end dates may vary) Led by volunteer Catechists to help children and Youth gain an understanding of their faith. The program consists of:
- Formation – held every Sunday from 11:00 am to Noon – We use the Finding God program approved by the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and published by Loyola press. Catechists may use other resources and personal faith growth to help children deepen their own faith journey.
- Mass – Sunday service see church bulletin for mass time. Families attend weekly mass and celebrate together with the community. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to deepen their own faith, lead by example and help the children learn about our Church customs, believes and traditions.
- Parents involvement – parents are encouraged to ask questions, share their own faith formation and use tools to help their children in living their faith in the community. Loyola press provides online tools to help deepen the learning and formation process. You can visit the site here.
- Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation – Children who have reached the appropriate age may enter our Sacramental preparation program.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist are celebrated in our year two program. Per Cannon law children receive these Sacraments at the age of reason which is described as age 7 (exceptions can change this age) (see below for more details)
- Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in our year seven program or age 12 (see below for more details)
- Rite of Initiation is for those children who have passed the age for a sacrament and are now ready to receive it. In this preparation, we determine which Sacraments are missing and work with the family and child to properly prepare for all the Sacraments. If the process is for both parent and child they will work together with Father Sam to gain their faith understanding and preparation work. All Sacraments will then be celebrated at the Easter vigil. For Children who are missing sacraments, we will provide the tools to help gain an understanding and prepare them for the sacraments. Parent involvement will be required.
- For All Sacrament preparation – Children must have completed one year of faith formation, or alternatively have a basic understanding of the Catholic faith and know the basic Catholic prayers (Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Glory be, Hail Mary, and Apostles Cree). Interviews will be conducted to ensure the child meets the requirements (Prayers and understanding) before being admitted into Sacramental preparation classes.
- Sacramental preparation consists of:
- Classes on Sunday’s from 11:00 am to Noon (September to May). Children must have attended at least 80% of classes (approximately 20 out of 25 classes)
- Mass attendance is required for children and their parents/guardians. This is to help children continue their faith journey and gain an understanding of the Mass process.
- Sacramental preparation consists of:
- Retreat and special classes or events must be attended to help deepen their Sacramental preparation. Some events will require parent/guardian participation
- All preparation work must be completed by the end of the program and prior to the Sacrament date.
Note: We understand that each family situation is unique, we will try to accommodate the needs of our children and families. However, we must ensure that the children in the Sacramental preparation class are properly prepared and understand the Sacrament they are to receive.
All dates will be announced and posted as soon as they become available. Here are some guidelines to help you
- Catechism program usually begins the third Sunday in September
- Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually celebrated during Lent
- Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist is usually celebrated during the month of May
- Sacrament of Confirmation is determined by the Archdiocese and announced in January or February.
Regular Catechism classes:
- 1 child = $35.00
- 2 children = $70.00
- 3 children = $105.00
- 4 children = $130.00
- Additional children are $25.00
Sacramental preparation cost is calculated to actual cost of event. This cost is additional with the regular fee. This includes, gown, pictures, certificates, retreats and preparation material. Fees are collected prior to the Celebration.
- Reconciliation = $20.00
- Eucharist = $35.00
- Confirmation = $75.00
Financial Concerns – No child will be denied access to our program, if registration or Sacrament fees are a concern, please discuss these with the program coordinator or Priest and we will work out a solution. Fees may be waived, reduced or exchanged for volunteer help.